WSOP Circuit Calgary Sets New Prize Record

By Ben Hamill - February 03 2022

WSOP Circuit Calgary Sets New Prize RecordIt is safe to say that the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) was dramatically upset by the world health crisis. But now, thankfully, it seems as if the community of Poker is fully recovering. The Circuit Calgary was previously cancelled but has now officially run over the course of January 2022. The good news is that the event went exceedingly well, not only attended by countless players, but also setting a new Alberta record. The Main Event prize pool sat at a whopping $1.8 million.

This is the first time that the WSOP Circuit Calgary has run, taking place at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. The event was original meant to have occurred in January 2021 but got pushed back repeatedly for obvious reasons. Now that it has finally gone ahead, the Canadian Poker market will be forever changed. Over 400 entrants were received for the first even, with each paying a $400 buy-in. This resulted in an overall prize pool, for that round, of $125,000.

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Setting New World Records

The entire series ran 12 Circuit Ring events, taking place over a 2 week period. This means that over the course of all events, the total amount up for grabs was an eye watering $3.4 million. $1.8 million of this landed up as the Main Event prize. This ultimately meaning that the grand winner walked away an instant millionaire. It is the largest prize ever offered in the history of Alberta Poker, though may not be for long.

The previous record came courtesy of the WPTDeepstacks Main Event, held at the Grey Eagle Casino. The prize then was $1.5 million, which itself is nothing to be taken lightly. No doubt the next Circuit Calgary has the potential to be even higher. Or does it?

Taking Factors Into Account

How did the Circuit Calgary land up such a massive success? The obvious explanation is that the world health crisis created a community of thirsting Poker professionals. Given that players have been stuck grinding online for the last 2 years, it only makes sense that they would jump at the chance to head to a live event.

Calgary is, as it stands, the only province currently even running live Poker. Hence the event was attended by players from across Canada, all eager to get a chance to stretch their legs. Some are saying that once the rest of the Poker communities open up, it may be a case of the market balancing out, as opposed to seeing further record numbers.

This remains to be seen, but the Canadian card playing community is certainly on a roll right now.